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August 21, 2012  Tue 10:22 AM CT

BAC: SEE CHART GET CHAIN FIND STRATEGIES
Nearing the halfway mark in today's session, here are the individual equity names with the most call and put buying on optionMONSTER's ActionTracker data system.

Bank of America (BAC): Investors bought almost 15,000 January 11 calls, mostly for $0.11, looking for upside in the shares. BAC rose 2.94 percent to $8.39.

Valero Energy (VLO): An investor sold 10,000 January 40 calls for $0.22 and bought an equal number of march 40 calls for $0.45. The trade reflects a desire to be long the refinery stock over the long run. VLO rose 1.34 percent to $30.15.

NRG Energy (NRG): More than 7,000 March 25 calls traded against no previous open interest. Most of which were bought for $0.95 as investors look for upside in the share price. NRG rose 1.62 percent to $22.62.

CBRE Group (CBG): A block of 18,000 October 17 puts were purchased for $0.60 as investors look to hedge against a decline in the share price. CBG rose 1.61 percent to $18.35.

Home Depot (HD): Almost 20,000 September 55 puts were bought for $0.57 to $0.62, against open interest of 8,736 contracts. They will make money from the shares dropping, so the buyer is looking for downside in the home-improvement chain. HD rose 0.21 percent to $56.69.

Best Buy (BBY): More than 9,500 September 13 puts were bought, mostly for $0.11, but volume was below open interest in the strike. BBY declined 4.85 percent to $17.28.
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